Below I have reviewed the top 4 zester/graters. If you are looking to add a pop of flavor to your next recipe you should consider a zester.

A zester is designed to remove the zest or outermost part of citrus peels. You can also zest or grate a number of other foods such as chocolate, ginger, cheeses, and more.

Microplane 40020 Classic Zester/Grater Review

Microplane is a top quality name in zesters, and model 40020 is the highest rated style available.
Coming in at 8 1/2 inches with an ergonomic plastic handle, this zester is based off a traditional woodworking rasp which produces fine wood shavings.

The high quality 18/8 surgical grade stainless steel ensure that the grating edges remain razor sharp.

Works well with hard cheeses, citrus, ginger and more.

Dishwasher safe.

OXO Good Grips Zester Review

The Good Grips zester by OXO is designed to make zesting a breeze. With a wide grating area and a non-slip soft handle, you will be searching your kitchen for things to grate!

The etched stainless steel surface stays extra sharp and works well fruits, chocolates, and hard cheeses.

A feature I really love is the non-slip base. When placed on a hard surface you have much more control.

Raniaco Stainless Steel Grater Review

At 8 inches long this rugged and durable zester can quickly complete your zesting or grating tasks.

The ergonomic BPA-free comfort grip feels quite nice and the non-slip aspect of the handle keeps you in control.

When you are finished zesting or grating, fruit, chocolate, hard cheeses, coconuts, garlic you can simply toss the zester in the dishwasher. Clean up is quite easy.

A plastic protective cover, covers the sharp stainless steel face and makes storage and transportation much safer.

OXO Good Grips Lemon Zester Review

This zester is a bit different than the other reviewed models and is mainly used for lemons or oranges.

The sharp stainless steel head allows you to make zests and garnishes with ease.

This zester by OXO is stubby at 5 inches long but fits in your hand nicely and has a durable non-slip grip.

Dishwasher safe.

Zester Buying GuideWhat to look for to find the best zester for your needs.

Zesters come in many shapes and sizes, so it is important to make sure you are buying the proper zester for your needs.

Material: Most zesters, including the 4 above reviewed models are made of stainless steel. This is the best option for a zester or a grater. It is also important that it be food grade stainless steel.

Durability: Look for a zester that has the rasp firmly attached to the handle. That is a common failure point of low-quality models.

Price: Most good quality hand-held models can be had for under $15. You shouldn’t need to spend much more than that. Unless you are looking to get a full-size box grater.

Handle: Look for ergonomic handles are soft padded handles. You generally want to hold on tight to the handle so make sure it will be comfortable in your hand.